Wrestling Benefit Dinner Postponed

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The annual benefit spaghetti dinner, hosted by the Payson High School wrestling program, has been postponed. Originally scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21, the dinner will now be held Thursday, Jan. 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria.

This is the 21st year the event has been held with the help of Mark Fumusa and the wonderful folks of Pine and Strawberry.

The dinner is postponed because of the projected bad weather for Jan. 21. Organizers feel it would be better to postpone the dinner for everyone’s safety.

Tickets are $6 per person and $20 for families; they are available from members of the wrestling program and will be sold at the door.

Parks programs

Payson Parks and Recreation Department is offering two upcoming programs that should prove highly worthwhile to those who enroll.

At least that’s the opinion of Town of Payson Outdoor Sports and Recreation Coordinator Mary McMullen who has extended an invitation to join either program.

Watchable Wildlife 101 will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18 at Parks and Recreation offices located at Green Valley Park.

The other P&R offering, American Red Cross Dog First Aid/CPR class will be held from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20 in the Payson Police Department’s meeting room.

The fee for Watchable Wildlife is $5 and space is limited, so McMullen is advising those interested to register early.

She also says, “Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn where and when to look for wildlife, as well as successful wildlife viewing in the Rim Country.”

Arizona Game and Fish Urban and Watchable Wildlife Program Manager Joe Yarchin is the course instructor. Yarchin will focus on teaching how to view wildlife responsibly to minimize impact on the animals, habitat and other nature enthusiasts.

The cost for the Red Cross dog first aid class is $25 per person and there is an option to purchase a training book and DVD.

Red Cross officials claim the classes give pet owners the confidence and skills necessary to tend to unexpected emergencies until they can get their injured or ill pet to a veterinarian.

Many Red Cross chapters across the country offer the classes with hands-on training in pet first aid procedures.

The classes teach enrollees how to recognize an emergency, administer medications and perform CPR and first aid.

Enrollment is limited, so McMullen is again urging those interested to register early.

Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information or log on to the Town of Payson Web site.

For the younger set

Registration for the P&R sponsored third- and fourth-grade basketball began Jan. 4 and will continue for one month. Town youth sports coordinator Joseph Harris emphasizes that those who register after the deadline will be placed on a team only if space permits.

He says his best hope is that parents don’t wait until the last minute to sign up as some did last month during registration for the fifth- and sixth-grade league.

He explains that tardiness makes it doubly tough to schedule league play and can possibly result is some children being left out.

The registration fee is $25, which includes a reversible NBA-style jersey. Games will begin Feb. 20 and will be played on Saturdays in Rim Country Middle School gym.

Another parks and recreation youth sports offering dear to Harris’ heart is Little Longhorn wrestling.

He’s particularly fond of it because he’s a Payson High School assistant wrestling coach and knows the program is the foundation where Longhorn wrestlers are molded.

“Be a part of the future wrestling team for Payson High School,” says Harris.

Registration began Jan. 11 and will continue to Feb. 11. The fee is $25 and the program is open to students in grades three through eight. The program begins Feb. 23 and continues for four weeks.

At the conclusion of the camp, a tournament will be held in Wilson Dome. A bonus, Harris says, is that each camper has the option of volunteering to assist at the Arizona State High School Dual Meet State Championship to be contested Feb. 19 and Feb. 20 in Wilson Dome. That opportunity will give fledgling grapplers an up close and personal glimpse of high school wrestling at its finest.

For more information, call Harris at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

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